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Red Sand Beach

Matala, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Matala
Type: Beaches
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Bytom, Poland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I have visited more than 40 countries and I have visited many beaches in Australia, Croatia, Cuba, Tenerife. But Red Beach in Matala is one of most beautiful beaches ever! The sand has a really nice orange-yellow color. Usually there are quite big waves. You need to hike about 40 minutes to get there. It's mainly a nudist beach, but... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Beautiful beach known for its red sand. you can reach it with a walk of 30/40 min. it is not very easy: remember to dress proper shoes! and don't forget water: the walk is completely in the sun; no shadow. But there is a beautiful panorama. The beach has a little taverna.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Well I don't understand the good reviews, unless your a nudist. To get there you have to walk uphill over a very rocky surface which is not for the faint hearted, and down to the beach. Yes it was Sandy and fairly crowded, what no one tells you is that once you step into the water is that it's like... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I feel first point to be made about red beach is that upon my experience it was the left hand side of the beach that was designated for nude sunbathing. Another important point is that you can only get there by foot or sea if you have the means to get there. The walk involves quite a hike up and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The hike from Matala is sweaty but not too bad, it took us 15 minutes to get up and 15 minutes down. There were signs to guide you. I wore well fitting flats which were fine and my partner wore running shoes. Don't try and climb in flip flops. I was surprised the sand wasn't redder. It was a nice... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful beach but do not go to Janis'place. He tried to sell us his mojito which is supposed to be the best in matala. Well he needs to learn how to make real mojitos. It is disgusting and far more expensive than any other place in Matala. My wife and I saw how he refused to serve a gay couple!!!!!!... More

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Porvoo Finland
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33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I visited the Rethymno beach at date 21.06.2014. This beach is one of the largest beaches at Crete. It is located on the west and east side of Rethymno city. The sand beach is very long over 20 kilometres. Many hotels has their own beaches. At many points the city is owner of the beach and there you can swim... More

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Skipton, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's a bit of a hike to get there, but it keeps away the hordes. Peaceful, warm sea and clothing optional beach. The beach bar is good enough and very friendly. Yes, I'd go again.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

beautiful track and lovly beach. it's Better to go early in the day,or afternoon. There is a small cafeshop on the beach/

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Cavallino-Treporti, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The walk was worth it... I thought it was a secluded beach... now I believe it's a turistic spot... mostly for nudist... probably the worst cretan beach of my journey... also the water wasn't crystal clear maybe because of the wind...

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